New York Awards $15 Million For Tourism Projects Statewide

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Nearly $15 million dollars has been awarded through the Market New York program to support multiple projects related to tourism statewide according to Empire State Development.

Market New York promotes travel destinations, attractions and special events in the Empire State.

“The projects represented by these Market New York awards illustrate the breadth and beauty of New York State’s many arts, cultural and visitor attractions,” Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, Chair of the Statewide Regional Economic Development Councils, said. “This program ensures that New York State’s tourism offerings across our remarkable regions continue to reflect the diverse and unique interests of residents and visitors alike.”

ESD President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “Tourism is vital to our communities; it showcases the best of New York State, and visitor spending supports small businesses, jobs and regional economies. Market New York funding helps to ensure that the state’s tourism partners can reach new markets and audiences, and enables destinations to upgrade, grow and expand to encourage sustainable economic growth.”

According to the announcement, the tourism industry is New York’s third largest industry supporting one in 11 private sector jobs. The industry generates enough in state and local taxes to save every household in the state more than one thousand dollars annually.


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